Notes: The 2001 Civic has transmission problems, transmission problems & more transmission problems. Did we mention transmission problems? And a dangerous defect with the front airbag that didn't get recalled for 10 years.

Although eventually the defective 2001 Civic airbag inflators were fixed under recalls in 2011 & 2013, that meant for 10 to 12 years airbags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the airbag deployed.

As for the 2001 Civic's transmission woes? Honda conducted a major transmission recall in 2004 & settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions in 2006. But, neither the recall or the lawsuit included the 2001 Civic.

Last thing to consider - the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car ever, closely followed by the 2002 Civic & the 2001 Accord. The 2001 Civic is the 4th most-recalled vehicle overall, only a Ford truck & two Ford vans have more.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
131,948 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 232013


  • Manual transmission
  • 177,545 miles


Gas pedal sticks into acceleration and rpms reving super high, scary!

- , Hedgesville, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 262011

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 145,300 miles

The car doesn't accelerate past 2k rpm when car warms up. I don't know what to do... I've seen two mechanics... asked questions on Honda blog sites... Today the mechanic changed the TDC sensor so my boyfriend started driving home and about 15 minutes later the ck engine light is back on and the car does the same thing; you can floor the accelerator but the engine only revs to 2000 rpms and limps along at about 30mph. There is also now a leak in the exhaust system supposedly from the cat converter becoming clogged... What is wrong with Honda these days? My '98 never gave me any trouble...

- , Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 312006

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • 73,000 miles

When I'm on a stop sign, my car jerks a bit and then I have a hard time accelerating.. I took it to my local mechanic apparently he sucks! and he changed my iac valve and some throttle thing and i still have the same problem what can it be and how much will it cost?

- , Newton, MA, USA

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